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Promotion of preservation and conservation in Greek libraries with special reference to the education of Greek librarians

Skepastianou, Maria; (1994) Promotion of preservation and conservation in Greek libraries with special reference to the education of Greek librarians. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This research concerns the promotion of preservation and conservation in Greek Libraries and the education of Greek librarians on preservation issues. Firstly the problems of the current situation are investigated. Based on a questionnaire survey, the factors which affect Greek library materials have been identified. To further substantiate the results of the questionnaire, a book collection survey was conducted. The study reveals the inadequate housing and environmental conditions of the library collections of the libraries surveyed which results from a lack of awareness concerning preventive preservation measures, lack of preservation programmes and limited conservation education, limited resources for conservation activities, the weak organisational structure and funding of Greek libraries in general. It concludes that unless the existing situation is reversed, collections will continue to deteriorate resulting in the loss of valuable components of the Greek cultural heritage. The contents of possible preservation policy programmes and the problems of their implementation as such in the Greek library environment are described. To improve the situation the establishment of a National Preservation Committee is proposed which will aim at: a) the increase of awareness and education of both librarians and the general public through relevant courses, b) the promotion of the implementation of preservation policies, c) provision of information services, d) promotion of communication and cooperation at local, national and international level and e) addressing national issues such as use of acid-free paper, translation and use of standards and guidelines, research projects, promotion of the creation of conservation and microfilming centres. An improved syllabus for preservation education of library students in the existing library schools and the creation of a preservation administration course are proposed as means for future improvement of the present situation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Promotion of preservation and conservation in Greek libraries with special reference to the education of Greek librarians
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Language, literature and linguistics; Communication and the arts; Greek librarians; Greek libraries
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104328
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